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Merkister Hotel
Merkister Hotel
9.0 Excellent
Loch Harray Harray, Kirkwall, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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10.6 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 120 reviews
9.0

Merkister Hotel is ideally positioned in peaceful surrounds in Dounby, a short drive from Kirkwall and Stromness. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi during their stay.

Murray Arms Hotel
Murray Arms Hotel
8.6 Excellent
Back Road, Orkney, United Kingdom
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11.0 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 95 reviews
8.6

Murray Arms Hotel is located in St. Marys and features free Wi-Fi. It also offers a tour desk, a ticket service and billiards.

Albert Hotel
Albert Hotel
8.7 Excellent
7 Mounthoolie Place, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.1 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 125 reviews
8.7

Albert Hotel Kirkwall is a traditional setting while in Kirkwall and is close to everything the area has to offer. It is moments from St Magnus Cathedral.

Smithfield Hotel
Smithfield Hotel
8.4 Excellent
Dounby, Orkney, United Kingdom
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11.3 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 118 reviews
8.4

Located within the scenic parkland of Dounby, Smithfield Hotel provides traditional accommodation and a full range of facilities, including luggage storage, billiards and laundry facilities. It also offers a dart board and a wake-up service.

Highland Park House
Highland Park House
9.2 Excellent
Highland Park House, Rosebank, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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1.2 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 109 reviews
9.2

Highland Park House is located in Kirkwall and is close to St Magnus Cathedral. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free wireless internet during their stay.

Sands Hotel
Sands Hotel
9.4 Excellent
Burray, Orkney, United Kingdom
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9.8 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 157 reviews
9.4

Sands Hotel is located on Burray and offers 4-star facilities in addition to free Wi-Fi. It also provides laundry facilities, a laundry service and a dart board.

The Ayre Hotel
The Ayre Hotel
8.6 Excellent
Ayre Road, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.2 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 399 reviews
8.6

Ayre Hotel & Ayre Apartments provides a comfortable setting when in Kirkwall. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi during their stay.

Orcades Hostel
Orcades Hostel
9.0 Excellent
Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.6 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 240 reviews
9.0

Orcades Hostel offers a comfortable setting while in Kirkwall. It also provides a shared kitchen.

West End Hotel
West End Hotel
8.1 Excellent
14 Main Street, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.5 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 216 reviews
8.1

This comfortable hotel in Kirkwall offers free wireless internet, as well as luggage storage and laundry facilities. It is close to Earl's Palace, eateries and shops.

The Shore
The Shore
8.8 Excellent
Shore Street, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.0 mi from city centre, Kirkwall 
ExcellentBased on 346 reviews
8.8

Set in Kirkwall, The Shore is a five-minute walk from St Magnus Cathedral and offers a swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy free wireless internet.

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Average price in Kirkwall:$95/night
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About Kirkwall

The capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is a historic town that was established as the Norse settlement of Kirkjuvagr. It’s home to a striking cathedral and palace ruins that illustrate its tumultuous past, as well as a historic distillery with Viking roots.

Things to do

Admire the 12th-century red sandstone architecture of the St. Magnus Cathedral, a grand Romanesque landmark that dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. Its soaring interior features memorials to prominent Orcadians, including the explorer William Balfour Baikie, author Edwin Muir and artist Stanley Cursiter.

Opposite the cathedral are the remains of the Bishop's Palace where King Haakon IV of Norway died in 1263, bringing an end to Norse rule over the Outer Hebrides. Wander through the adjacent ruins of the Earl's Palace, which boasts early-17th-century Renaissance turrets.

Whisky enthusiasts should tour the Highlands Park Distillery, an 18th-century landmark on the outskirts of Kirkwall. Their Viking Soul Tour includes a short film about Orkney and the distillery’s Viking roots, followed by a tour of the working distillery and a tasting of two Highland Park drams.

One of Kirkwall’s most specialised cultural institutions is the Orkney Wireless Museum, which showcases the importance of wireless communication in the islands during World War II. It houses an impressive collection of domestic and military wireless equipment, including a U boat radio and a working crystal set where you can listen to BBC Radio Scotland.

Getting around

Kirkwall Airport is a 10-minute drive from the town centre and there are daily ferries to destinations throughout the Orkney Islands. Kirkwall can easily be explored on foot and is connected to other island towns and villages by buses.

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  • What are the best hotels in Kirkwall?

    One of the most popular hotels in Kirkwall is The Ayre Hotel, which has been reviewed by 399 users and currently has a rating of 8.6/10. Other top-rated locations include The Shore and Sands Hotel, which have received 8.8/10 and 9.4/10 ratings from our users, respectively.

  • How much do hotels in Kirkwall cost?

    Hotels in Kirkwall cost an average of $167/night, according to HotelsCombined data in the last 72 hours.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in Kirkwall?

    HotelsCombined searches in the last 3 days suggest cheap Kirkwall hotels have prices starting from as low as $70/night, depending on the popularity of your requested dates.